For many casual college basketball fans, March is the month they “first” decide to check in on the madness. Everyone across the country is familiar with Indiana, Duke and even Gonzaga; but if you are going to fill out your bracket, bet the tournament games or watch with a knowledge of both teams participating, you have to get to know “the darlings.”
Unless you are accustomed to betting on collegiate basketball, you might not be familiar with the Cincinnati Bearcats from the University of Cincinnati, which now play in the Big East Conference since they moved from the Conference USA in 2005.
It has been discussed in many different forums that betting the futures market is a sure-fire way to throw away your hard- earned profits.
But keeping an eye on movement in the NBA future market is a whole other story.
HOUSTON — Who will be the MVP of the 2013 All-Star Game?
The oddsmakers are seriously down on Tim Duncan, who may not even play, but they are offering a couple of value bets, too.
If I was a gambler (which I am not, unless we are talking poker), I’d take a flyer on James Harden of the Houston Rockets, who will be playing on his home court and will be the only player with a majority of the crowd behind him.
Harden is a 14-1 pick. LeBron James is a nice pick, too, at 7-1 — especially with what he has been doing lately.
(A couple weeks ago, I asked my Twitter followers whether they’d like to see a regular weekly feature on NBA gambling trends, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Since we are striving at this Web site to give you stuff you can’t get elsewhere, such as regular coverage of Euroleague, a FiveFastFacts item that can be consumed in less time than it takes to drink a cup of coffee, and the enormously popular Tweet of the Day/Night, we shall now tiptoe down this road, too, and see where it leads us. Our writer goes by the handle @Betropolitan on Twitter, and I’d wager $1 that he had action on the coin flip in last Sunday’s Super Bowl. Your comments/suggestions are welcome-CS)